BBC is coming up wit a new series about the Bronte sisters. Yes, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte, well-known poets and novelists (Agnes Grey, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Jane Eyre, Shirley, Villette, The Professor etc.) whose work has become, in some manner a part of your life, will get their own TV series. Your English classes must have educated you a little about them and hopefully we get to learn more about these gothic literature authors in a new light.
Period/Historical dramas (Series of history related documentary-style programs) are the new way of creating interest among the people about historical events and figures whose worth are lost in history books and not many are aware about the glory, ideologies and influence that has led to the present manner of living, thinking, acting in some way or other. Directors and artists these days bring in new angles and perspectives to depict the lost stories and these are astonishingly remarkable and enthralling.
Here are 9 other period dramas that must be on your watch list. Veiled in fiction these thought-provoking shows must not be missed.
MAGNIFICENT CENTURY (2011-2014) – Muhteşem Yüzyıl is a prime time historical Turkish soap opera television series. The story revolves around the life of Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, the longest reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and his wife Hürrem Sultan, a slave girl who became Sultana.
BANISHED (2015) – inspired by events in the eighteenth century when Britain established a penal colony in Australia, this story is set in 1788, in which the British convicts live alongside their Royal Navy marine guards and their officers. A thousand prisoners are guarded by one hundred men, and with five men for every woman, tensions are high when the women are shared among the men. (sounds familiar?)
DA VINCI’S DEMONS (2013) – Da Vinci’s Demons is a historical fantasy drama series that presents a fictitious early life of Leonardo da Vinci during the Renaissance Florence in Italy. The show follows Leonardo as he is implicated in the political schemes of the Medici and Pazzi families and their contrasting relationships with the Catholic Church.
THE TUDORS (2007) – The Tudors is a British-Irish-Canadian historical fiction television series set primarily in sixteenth-century England. It is a costume drama series about the reign, marriages and England’s splendid Renaissance dynasty under King Henry VIII.
MAHABHARATA (2013) – Mahabharat is an Indian mythological television drama series based on the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata. A high-octane drama involving a huge array of complicated characters and work around life’s morals and values. The sacred literature that teaches about Dharma and Karma through the story of the throne of Hastinapura.
THE HEAVY WATER WAR: STOPPING HITLER’S ATOMIC BOMB (2015) – A six-episode TV miniseries that illustrates the story behind Hitler’s plan of Germany getting the atomic bomb during WW2, and the heavy water sabotages in Rjukan, Norway, seen from four angles, the German side, the allied, the saboteurs and the company side is very close to the factual events of history.
VIKINGS (2013) – It is an Irish-Canadian historical drama television series that tells the saga of Ragnar Lothbrok ‘s band of Viking brothers, his family, ambition and thirst for exploration as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes.
BOARDWALK EMPIRE (2010) – An American period crime drama television series based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s and how he plays both sides of the law and conspiring with gangsters.
DIRILIS: ERTUGRUL (2014) – Heroic story of Ertugrul Ghazi, the father of Osman (Uthman) who founded the Ottoman State. Rating figures marked ‘Diriliş: Ertuğrul’ as the best breakthrough Turkish TV series of the 2014 Season. The first episode shook Turkish social media after it was aired, with some people comparing it to the Game of Thrones series.